Practice safe driving on the road – It is estimated that every two minutes, a driver makes 400 observations, 40 decisions and one mistake.
Expect bad decisions from other drivers and try to reduce your own.
Don’t Veer for Deer
Car-deer crashes are a $130 million a year problem in Michigan. To avoid these crashes, know the facts; take PRECAUTIONS and NEVER SWERVE TO AVOID HITTING A DEER. Most car-deer crash deaths and injuries occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting a deer and strike a fixed object or hit another vehicle instead. About 80% of all car-deer crashes occur on two lane roads between dusk and dawn.
These are tips from the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition:
- Be aware, awake, alert and sober when driving.
- Be especially alert in spring and fall, and at dawn and dusk.
- Pay attention to speed limit and deer crossing signs.
- When you see a deer, slow down and expect more of them. Deer travel in herds, in single file. Where one is seen, others may soon appear.
- Don’t expect to deter deer by flashing your lights, using high beam or honking.
- If a crash in unavoidable – DON’T SWERVE. Brake firmly, hold onto the steering wheel, stay in your lane and bring your vehicle to a controlled stop.
- If you hit a deer, pull over, turn on emergency flashers and take safety precautions if you leave your vehicle.
- Don’t attempt to remove a deer from the roadway unless you are convinced it is dead. An injured deer is dangerous.
- Call 911 to report the accident.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Do not clutter up your windows or viewing area with signs, ornaments or other hanging items.
- Make sure windows, headlights and taillights are clear of snow and/or frost before driving.
- Allow extra driving time during poor weather conditions. Always drive in a manner that allows you to stop your car safely.
- Do not get involved in roadway confrontations where another driver’s “Road Rage” may draw you into a dangerous situation.
- If another driver becomes angry with you, try to ignore him/her and do not make eye contact with the person.